Research and enterprise
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Research and enterprise

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

The School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) would like to support a limited number of Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships in 2019. We welcome expressions of interest from candidates wishing to conduct research in the SASS Departments.

The scheme provides 50 per cent (up to £25,000 a year) of the salary costs of a three-year academic appointment and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the award, each Fellow may also request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities. Please note that the intention of these Fellowships is to support the career development of those building an academic career in the UK.

Please note that Fellowships must take place between 1 September 2019 and 1 May 2020.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university;
  • hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship;
  • have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination no more than four years prior to the closing date of 4 pm on 28 February 2019 (if thesis was submitted or viva voce before 28 February 2015 candidates are not eligible unless they have since had a career break*);
  • hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of the application deadline (28 February 2019), hold a non-permanent academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship) which commenced no less than 4 months prior to the closing date.

* You must therefore explain the nature of the career break (e.g. a period of maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances). Please note, time spent working outside academia does not qualify as a career break.

Further details on the above eligibility criteria are available from the Leverhulme Trust.

The Trust places special weight on:

  • originality of the project
  • importance and significance of the proposed work
  • quality of the research design and methodology
  • personal vision, aspiration, or intellectual curiosity
  • ability to take appropriate risk in setting and pursuing research objectives
  • departure from established patterns of working
  • removal of barriers between traditional disciplines

Internal selection process

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest consisting of:

  • an academic CV (2 sides A4 maximum) and list of publications (maximum one side of A4);
  • details of current and past research (250 words);
  • an abstract (100 words) with the title (80 characters);
  • a detailed statement of proposed research: objectives, methodology and potential outcomes (including the bibliographic references) (2 sides A4 maximum);
  • a statement outlining how the project fits within the research profile of the SASS and its Department/s and with the research interest of potential mentor (2 sides A4 maximum).

Expressions of interest must be submitted as a Word document by email to by 17.00 pm, Monday 19 November 2018.

Candidates will be informed of the School’s decision on their applications by Monday 17 December 2018 at the latest.

The School will then provide further assistance to those candidates it has selected to support, in order to refine their applications to the Leverhulme Trust. The applications must be submitted to the Trust and then approved by City, University of London in the funder’s system by 28 February 2019.

Before you send us an expression of interest, you are strongly advised to discuss your proposal at an early stage with the academic staff of the Department in which you wish to be based. We also recommend that you consider how your research and teaching plans fit with the Department’s profile.

Please note that no application may be made to the Leverhulme Trust for a fellowship hosted at the School without prior authorisation.

Find out more about the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme.